http://www.ocregister.com/news/woman...no-deputy.htmlSheriff's Department officials have arrested a homeless man suspected of stealing a South County woman's identity and using it to get hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medical care.
Authorities believe Perla Serrano, 51, used a woman's identity over a 13-year period to receive medical treatment at the Mission Hospital campuses in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo, as well as Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente, said Jim Amormino, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman.
A deputy patrolling the 1800 block of North El Camino Real on Sunday night saw Serrano sleeping in the grass near a 7-Eleven, Amormino said.
The deputy approached Serrano, who appeared to be dressed in women's clothing and provided a woman's name, Amormino said. He said the deputy also noticed that Serrano had a medical wristband on his arm with the name of a South County woman.
After following up, the deputy determined Serrano had stolen the woman's identity, Amormino said, and that he had used it on trips to local emergency rooms, where he received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of medical care. It wasn't immediately clear how he had obtained the woman's information.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headline...dentity-theft/“The deputy called San Clemente Hospital and was informed by San Clemente personnel that the person was actually a man, not a woman,” said Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.
According to authorities, Serrano came into possession of a piece of identification belonging to the victim, who is only being named publicly as Perla K. He was able to use it to get a health care card in her name, they said. In the felony complaint, Serrano and the victim share the same first name.
“The suspect has been charging medical services at as many as four hospitals in south Orange County and the damage is expected to be well over $100,000,” said Amormino. “He has 6-10 aliases that we know of, but so far we only know of one victim.”
“The victim has had to make several court appearances to clear up several arrest warrants over the years for crimes she didn’t commit. I am sure she is just happy it’s over,” said Amormino.
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/lo...142872775.html"He had enough personal information, including the victim's address, to obtain some type of health care card under the victim's name," said Jim Amormino, of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "When confronted with the true facts by deputies, this person insisted he was the victim."
Serrano is facing six charges of identity theft, burglary and impersonation. The victim is said to resemble Serrano.
"This has been a nightmare for the victim," Amormino said, "as one could imagine."